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Old 06-12-2018, 06:38 PM
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Mug root beer rulez!
2003 X5 4.6is Estoril Blue, acquired March 2018
2006 330i Sports 6 MT Sparkling Graphite daily driver
2010 535xi 6 MT Barbera Red
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:16 PM
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That’s so awesome that you said that I was going caption the photo it said powered by mug root beer
E53 / M54 2001 3.0i gas LHD (pair of them: his & her)
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:24 PM
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I haven't posted in a while, but here's the last months activity.

- I installed a Dinan intake filter and crafted a heat shield for it out of a piece of an airbox from a f150 I used to have. Air intake temps run between 75-110°F now. Stock was 105-145. Intake without heat shield was 115-160.

-I replaced my alternator that went out suddenly and replaced my serpentine belts. I also replaced the hose clamps on the power steering reservoir lines that leaked and caused the alternator to fail.

-I replaced the expansion tank that started leaking and transmission thermostat that breaks when you take out the expansion tank.

- I found and fixed a vacuum leak that was causing me lean CEL codes. It was a loose hose on the side of the intake boot. I also identified the cause of my rich code to be a bad cat. I'm going to end up replacing them with catless headers with a test pipe only. A guy will buy the cats for $50/ea and the headers will cost me ~$100. Free upgrade sincr I don't have emissions anymore it's worth it. Just got to get some spark plug defoulers to keep the O2 sensors happy.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:05 PM
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No Emissions.... Must Be Nice 😃

1997 E39 540i (Sold)
2005 E53 3.0 125K miles
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:29 PM
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Replaced the two rear o2 sensors and cleared the codes on Big Red with some help from Mouse who was visiting for the weekend. We got quite a bit accomplished between the wife's e70, the dinan x5, and his f30. LOL I wish I was more helpful Sunday morning (we didn't go to bed until ~ 5AM) but I was rather selfishly enjoying a mostly kid free weekend for Father's Day. Got pretty hammered LOL. I made up for it Sunday afternoon though... grilled up some hot dogs, burgers, and salmon for all of us and the grand parents.

We even went to the track on Friday to run them for S's and G's. Will post detes on that in a separate thread, though the results were rather underwhelming, but expected honestly.
2005 X5 4.4i Build 04/05 Maintenance/Build Log
Nav, Pano, Sport (Purchased 06/14 w/ 109,000 miles) (Sold 8/15 w/121,000 miles)

2006 X5 4.8is Build 11/05 Maintenance/Build Log
Nav, DSP, Pano, Running Boards, OEM Tow Hitch, Cold Weather Pckg (Purchased 08/15 w/ 90,500 miles)

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Nav, HiFi, 6 DVD, Sports Pckg, Cold Weather Pckg, HUD, CAS, Running Boards, Leather Dash, PDC, Pano (Purchased 03/17 w/ 136,120 miles)
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:51 PM
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I found that I have a parasitic draw after visiting Crystalworks for the weekend. LOL. Hope to update with a fix shortly.
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:24 PM
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I found that I have a parasitic draw after visiting Crystalworks for the weekend. LOL. Hope to update with a fix shortly.
Wished I could find mine, after sitting about 6 days its not going to start
problem is during the summer it sits a lot as I would rather be driving the Z4 or the M3
2004 X5(E53) 3.0L
1999 M3(E36)
2003 Z4(E85) 3.0L
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:10 PM
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Just did a Transmission fluid change (5.5L used) and changed the filter and pan gasket, it was a pain (so many screws around the pan) but the oil coming out was very black and I'm guessing original to the car (2002 with 250 000km).

The worst part was finding the right oil, had to order it at a pro shop.

The car runs great and the shift seem more "seamless" but I've been driving a smart fortwo for the last 10 days so it might very well be just an illusion.

I've also got the oil for both diffs and the transfer case, that'll be my next project.
I also need to look into the siphon pump but the tank is full and the car not being driven a lot right now so its not ideal.
2002 4.6is silver on black
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Maruzo
How’s the Bluetooth fm module working for you? Is the phone volume loud and clear enough?

Love it! Works like a champ and was dirt cheap. The only bummer is that the BMW cigarette lighters stay powered all the time - so you have to manually turn it off when you exit. But it does auto connect the Bluetooth to the phone once you turn it back on.

No problem with volume (you leave it turned up all the way and then just control volume with headunit/steering wheel controls). Phone audio even works decent (except the mic is a bit far away).

Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A14L9DIA3NK9B0

I plan to upgrade to one of the chinese made Android units in the near future (after I get some more maintenance stuff done). But this has been a great temp fix.
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2006 X5 4.8is
2007 Lexus GS350

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2014 Lexus GX460
2011 Lexus GX460
2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
2007 Infiniti G35 Coupe
2006 GMC Yukon Denali XL
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:51 PM
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I bought a set of 4.6is mufflers for my 3.0i 5-speed. I won't have time to put them on soon but I'm excited about a bolt on exhaust upgrade. It needs to make more noise 😁
2003 3.0 5-speed
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